Licence to Kill

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Licence to Kill Review


Timothy Dalton's second (and final) Bond outing is mainly memorable for nothing in the film itself. The title, Licence to Kill, was a change from the original Bond story, Licence Revoked, when it was revealed that a large percentage of Americans didn't know what "revoked" meant. And then there was the issue of whether to spell the first word "licence" or "license." Ultimately less was said about the film, which is one of the least successful Bond movies ever at the box office, especially in adjusted dollars. The problem? The story isn't very Bond-like: He leaves MI-6 for most of the film to avenge best bud Felix Leiter's death at the hands of a drug kingpin while canoodling with Carey Lowell, a poor Bond girl choice if ever there was one. A cameo by Wayne Newton pushes the film into full-on kitsch, and many feared the series was dead after Licence's poor showing. It would be six years until the next film, GoldenEye, the longest period without a Bond release since the series began in 1963.

Aka License to Kill.

Bond #16.



Licence to Kill

Facts and Figures

Run time: 133 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th July 1989

Box Office Worldwide: $156.2M

Budget: $32M

Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, Danjaq

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: John Glen

Producer: Albert R. Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson

Starring: as James Bond, as Pam Bouvier, as Franz Sanchez, as Lupe Lamora, as Milton Krest, Frank McRae as Sharkey, as Felix Leiter, as Professor Joe Butcher, as Dario, Anthony Starke as Truman-Lodge, as Ed Killifer, as Q, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr. as President Hector Lopez, as M, Grand L. Bush as Hawkins, as Della Churchill Leiter, as Heller, Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny, as Kwang

Also starring:

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